In today’s world, we focus on our exterior and our body a lot. Makeup. Diets. Supplements. Essential Oils… it is easy for it to become an obsession. Yes, it is a good thing to care about what it is that you take into your body, but it is even more imperative to consider what it is that comes out of your mouth on a daily basis.
So many times hurtful words will come out of our mouths out of anger and frustration. And we often speak these hurtful words to those whom we love and count most dear. These words can never be taken back, and so it is so important to make sure that the words that we say to others build them up instead of knocking them down. Matthew 15:10 admonishes us that
As mothers, sometimes hurtful words will come from our mouths in times of anger. These words rain down on our young, impressionable children, and they can not be taken back.
Use your words instead for encouragement, affirmation, love, and for imparting wisdom to your children. If you are like me, these words do not always come naturally. For that reason, you may want to tape sayings around your house, put them near your bed to read at night, or put them into your phone. I encourage you to do what you need to do in order to pour words of support instead of words of judgment out on your children, your husband, and anyone else that you share this world with.
These words can be used to affirm who they are, what they are doing, what they have done, or even the effort that they are using in order to work on something. This not only shows them that they are important, but it shows them that their importance does not just hinge on whether or not they are successful at what they do.
Ideas of what to say to affirm others:
Speaking affirming words to others not only helps them, but it also can benefit you. Words that affirm might include:
- I enjoy you.
- You have been working really hard at…
- I think about you all of the time when I am not with you.
- You are my sunshine.
- I love when you smile.
- It must feel so good to work this hard at something and to see….
- You’ve got this!
- I believe in you!
- Don’t forget in the power of these special three words: “I love you!”
- I told … how proud I am of you today.
- I am proud of how you handled…
- Thank you for everything you do.
- You make my day brighter.
- I am so grateful for you!
- God has your back, and so do I.
- The world is better with you in it.
The more positivity you speak, the more you will feel. So be encouraged! And be encouraging to others.